COVID-19 Resource Center Offers COVID-19 Boosters and Flu Shots to Those Eligible
Ashley Jowett
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COVID-19 Resource Center Offers COVID-19 Boosters and Flu Shots to Those Eligible

Testing, Primary Vaccines Continue

UPDATE: As of October 19, flu vaccines are no longer available at the COVID Resource Center.

BENNINGTON, VT—October 1, 2021—People eligible to receive a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine can receive it conveniently at the Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) COVID-19 Resource Center located on the former campus of Southern Vermont College at 982 Mansion Drive in Bennington. 

“While our region is faring better than other parts of the country, testing, vaccination, and booster injections are critical to reducing transmission of the virus,” said Trey Dobson, MD, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s (SVMC) chief medical officer and an emergency medicine physician with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. “These services offered at the center are essential for a rapid return to a highly functioning society uninhibited by mitigation measures and frequent school and work absence due to disease.”

In order to be eligible, an individual must have received their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least 6 months ago. In addition, they must meet one of the following criteria:

  • 65 or older
  • Reside in a long-term care facility
  • 18 and older and at high risk of severe COVID-19
  • 18 and older and work in high-risk occupations
  • Specific eligibility criteria, including conditions and occupations that qualify someone to receive a booster, are listed in the FAQ section of https://svhealthcare.org/COVID-Resource-Center.

Those who received initial doses of Moderna or Johnson & Johnson are not eligible for booster shots at this time.

Individuals may schedule an appointment for their booster at the Vermont Department of Health website. The link to registration—along with further information on all of the services provided at the center—is available at https://svhealthcare.org/COVID-Resource-Center.

The SVMC COVID-19 Resource Center hours of operation are listed on the website and below.

  • noon – 6 p.m. Monday – Wednesday  
  • 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday – Friday          
  • 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday                          

Flu Vaccines
Flu vaccines are also available at the COVID-19 Resource Center. No appointment is necessary, and flu vaccines will be provided to anyone 5 and older. Flu and COVID-19 vaccines may be administered on the same visit and do not need to be given at different times.

“Flu is already present in our community. We anticipate that people will experience far more respiratory illness, including the flu and RSV, this year compared to last year,” said Marie George, MD, FIDSA, the infectious disease specialist at SVMC. “The flu shot is your best prevention against a severe case of the flu.”

Primary Vaccinations for COVID
People who have not yet been vaccinated for COVID-19 are encouraged to get vaccinated. The link to schedule is at
https://svhealthcare.org/COVID-Resource-Center.

Testing
Tests for COVID-19 are available at the COVID-19 Resource Center, and appointments may be made online at
https://svhealthcare.org/COVID-Resource-Center. While appointments are preferred, tests are also provided without an appointment. People with appointments can expect a shorter wait. Those who have questions about whether they should get tested can visit the Frequently Asked Questions tab or call the COVID-19 Information Hotline at 802-440-8844.  Results are available within 24 hours and often in as little as 8 hours.

“I urge everyone to continue practicing mitigation measures, including staying home when sick, washing hands frequently, and wearing a mask when indoors with unvaccinated people,” Dobson said. “We should soon be seeing a steady decline in the prevalence of viral transmission and a greater percentage of the population fully vaccinated, including children, allowing vaccinated individuals to safely eliminate the use of masks and distancing in most public areas.”

About SVHC:
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent, healthcare system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC includes 25 primary and specialty care practices.
 
SVMC has earned several prominent distinctions. Most recently, SVMC received the American Hospital Association’s Rural Healthcare Leadership Award for transformational change in efforts toward healthcare reform and its fifth consecutive designation within the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. It ranked fourth in the nation for healthcare value by the Lown Institute Hospitals Index in 2020 and is one of Vermont’s Best Places to Work. SVMC earned an ‘A’ for hospital safety from the Leapfrog Group for two years in a row. During the pandemic, SVMC and both its skilled nursing facilities, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington, and the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls, earned perfect scores on a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services evaluation meant to determine the ability to prevent transmission of COVID-19 and other infections.
 
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center provides exceptional care without discriminating on the basis of an individual’s age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Language assistance services, free of charge, are available at 1-800-367-9559.

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